What can we expect from the new Ford Ranger Raptor?

Added: 30 August 2018

Ford are set to bring the Ford Range Raptor to the UK with deliveries expected to arrive in showrooms in early 2019. 

Ford are set to capitalise on the huge global praise on the F-150 Raptor as Ford Britain had been campaigning to bring the American pick-up to our shores. Given the success of the Ford Ranger with it being the best-selling pick-up in the UK, a performance version would be welcomed across the board.

Ford Ranger Raptor Spec

Ford Performance are behind the GT Supercar and Focus RS, and now they have put a significant twist on the Ranger. The Ranger Raptor has been given a new distinct grille, additional ground clearance and LED fog lamps inserted into the front bumper.  Speaking of bumpers, the bumpers and arches have been beefed out to cater for the new larger wheels, which are sat on long-travel suspension.

The car has been designed to go where other cars won’t, well off the beaten track. The front bumpers have been built with compounds which are far tougher than usual so it can deal with the rigorous tests that nature can throw at it. The side steps are made from a specially designed tough aluminium alloy that includes holes to drain any sand, mud and snow.

The off-road versatility isn’t just for the exterior either as the cabin gets kitted out with carefully designed seats that offer extra levels of support whilst at high speed off-road.  The steering wheel even gets a red mark on it to ensure you know which way it’s facing.

It goes without saying that the Ranger Raptor’s chassis has been significantly enhanced in able to deal with the intensity of the challenges of the off-road. The frame is tougher and stiffer than the standard Ranger and the brakes have also been upgraded too. Underneath, a new ‘bash plate’ has been fitted to help deal with the terrain, while the tyres have tougher sidewalls and special tread to give extra grip on even the roughest of grounds. 

Ford Ranger Raptor

Ford Ranger Raptor Engines

Beneath the bonnet, the Ranger Raptor is powered by a 2.0 litre twin-turbo diesel unit that delivers 210bhp and 500Nm of torque which is twinned with a ten speed automatic transmission.  There are six different settings for your transmission to deliver optimum performance regardless of your surroundings. There are to for normal on-road use and a flexible four for off-road driving.

Ford have been very meticulous in their engineering of the Raptor. Even the satellite navigation system has been carefully adapted to suit off-road driver’s needs. There is a special feature that allows you to retrace your steps to help you find your way on unfamiliar paths.

Deliveries in showrooms are expected around February 2019 and prices are rumoured to be starting in the region of £40,000. Keep your eyes peeled for all the latest information including spec and pricing, or get in touch with our team today to register your interest!

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